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General Services Administration (GSA)


Self Description

July 2008: "GSA helps federal agencies better serve the public by offering, at best value, superior workplaces, expert solutions, acquisition services, and management policies..."

http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?contentId=9789&contentType=GSA_BASIC

September 2002: "We are one of the three central management agencies in the federal government. We are headquartered in Washington, DC, and have 11 Regional Offices....Since 1949, we have housed federal workers and provided products and services to support the important work of government throughout the country. We employ about 14,000 people and have an annual budget of approximately $16 billion."

http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/content/orgs_content.jsp?contentOID=22885&contentType=1005&P=1&S=1

Third-Party Descriptions

May 2009: "The administration says its use of these social networks represents part of its effort to make government more open and accountable. Indeed, the General Services Administration has established special deals with a group of social media sites meant to allow any federal agency to join the conversation."

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/04/should-the-white-house-be-a-place-for-friends/

July 2008: "The General Services Administration, which manages federal property, over-counted cases of toilet paper, plastic sporks and other cutlery, by mistakenly counting a single item as being worth as much as multiple items contained in a package of goods....The original GSA estimate of $85 million should have been $18.5 million."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/21/katrina.supplies

May 2008: "A White House spokeswoman declined to say why Doan was asked to leave the GSA, which manages more than $50 billion worth of contracts each year as the U.S. government's largest broker of goods and services."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/30/AR2008043001271.html

May 2008: 'Mr. Bloch has denied wrongdoing. Last week, the White House forced out Lurita A. Doan, the head of the General Services Administration, after Mr. Bloch’s office determined that she had improperly mixed politics with government business. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/07/washington/06cnd-inquire.html


September 2007: In late July, the GSA arrived at what it believed was a solution to these two objectives: the Alliant Governmentwide Acquisition Contract, potentially worth up to $50 billion – that's right, billion – to eligible technology consulting firms. GSA also announced that out of the 66 companies submitting bids for a piece of this contract, it had selected 29 firms – most of them large consultancies and integrators with a strong presence inside the Beltway and an established track record of working with the Feds and DoD.

http://www.baselinemag.com/article2/0,1540,2180505,00.asp

June 2007: The U.S. special counsel has called on President Bush to discipline General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan 'to the fullest extent' for violating the federal Hatch Act when she allegedly asked political appointees how they could 'help our candidates' during a January meeting.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/11/AR2007061102169.html

May 2007: Invoices, e-mails and audit documents obtained by The Washington Post also show that the General Services Administration, the agency that awards and oversees federal contracts, allowed the Navy to sidestep federal procurement rules designed to ensure competition and protect taxpayers from abuse and fraud.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/23/AR2007052301734.html

May 2007: In February 2005, an auditor at the General Services Administration presented evidence to agency leaders that one of the government's top technology contractors was overcharging taxpayers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/22/AR2007052201653.html

December 2006: The new chief of the U.S. General Services Administration is trying to limit the ability of the agency's inspector general to audit contracts for fraud or waste and has said oversight efforts are intimidating the workforce, according to government documents and interviews.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/01/AR2006120101645.html

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) Organization Oct 16, 2004
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Protective Service (FPS) Organization Jun 25, 2007
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) US Federal Government - Independent Agencies Organization May 4, 2005
Research/Analysis Subject Washington Management Group (WMG) Organization May 31, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Lurita Alexis Doan MA Person Dec 2, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Brian D. Miller Esq. Person Dec 2, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) David Hossein Safavian Person Sep 14, 2005

Articles and Resources

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Jul 09, 2009 Federal Protective Service Faulted After GAO Sting With Bomb Parts

QUOTE: The recent sting by the Government Accountability Office exposed lax security procedures by the Federal Protective Service,

Washington Post
May 04, 2009 Should the White House Be a Place for Friends? (Bits)

QUOTE: There are some real questions about how the government will deal with the personal information it will get access to about people who befriend it online, questions that so far the White House and G.S.A. don’t have full answers to.

New York Times
Jul 21, 2008 Huge Math Error in Katrina Supply Giveaway

QUOTE: The household goods were supposed to go to people whose homes were destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005...A recent CNN investigative story exposed that those materials never made it to storm victims.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 11, 2008 FEMA gives away $85 million of supplies for Katrina victims

QUOTE: The material, from basic kitchen goods to sleeping necessities, sat in warehouses for two years before the Federal Emergency Management Agency's giveaway to federal and state agencies this year. James McIntyre, FEMA's acting press secretary, said that FEMA was spending more than $1 million a year to store the material and that another agency wanted the warehouses torn down, so "we needed to vacate them."

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 06, 2008 F.B.I. Raids Office of Special Counsel

QUOTE: The office of the official responsible for protecting federal workers from political interference was raided by F.B.I. agents on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether he himself mixed politics with official business. The raid took place at the office of Scott J. Bloch, the head of the Office of Special Counsel. Computers and documents were seized by agents trying to determine whether Mr. Bloch obstructed justice by hiring an outside company to “scrub” his computer files...

New York Times
May 01, 2008 Doan Ends Her Stormy Tenure as GSA Chief: Resignation Comes at White House's Behest

QUOTE: General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan has resigned as head of the government's premier contracting agency at the request of the White House, ending a tumultuous tenure in which she was accused of trying to award work to a friend and misusing her authority for political ends.

Washington Post
Sep 07, 2007 A $50 Billion Windfall from the GSA

QUOTE: The U.S. General Services Administration has arrived at a solution to streamline the process by which it awards technology contracts. But to outsiders, it looks like an insider game.

Baseline
Aug 09, 2007 Staffers Say Renovation Made Them Ill

QUOTE: Many say they have been sickened by dust, soot and possibly noxious fumes from a massive building rehabilitation

Washington Post
Jul 18, 2007 White House Had Drug Officials Appear With GOP Candidates

QUOTE: White House officials arranged for top officials at the Office of National Drug Control Policy to help as many as 18 vulnerable Republican congressmen by making appearances and sometimes announcing new federal grants in the lawmakers' districts in the months leading up to the November 2006 elections, a Democratic lawmaker said yesterday.

Washington Post
Jun 28, 2007 Costs Skyrocket As DHS Runs Up No-Bid Contracts: $2 Million Security Project Balloons to $124 Million

QUOTE: The arrangements...illustrate a transformation in the way the federal government often gets its work done: by relying on private, sometimes costly consultants to fill staffing shortfalls in federal agencies… Such inter-agency arrangements offer flexibility to government agencies. But audits have found they can lead to diminished oversight and accountability.

Washington Post
Jun 12, 2007 Bush Is Asked to Discipline GSA Chief in Hatch Act Inquiry

QUOTE: After allegedly asking political appointees how they could “help our candidates,” General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan is facing possible disciplinary actions from President Bush for using her position for political purposes—in this case, to see how the agency could use its facilities to benefit the Republican Party.

Washington Post
Jun 12, 2007 Union Sounds Alarm Over Background Checks for New ID

QUOTE: Background investigations of federal and contract workers being conducted for a new government-wide identification card, which carries a computer chip, have drawn objections at two agencies and rumblings of concern at others .... Some employees are nervous that they could lose their jobs if their agencies take a dim view of excessive credit card debt, unpaid parking tickets or restraining orders issued in divorce proceedings.

Washington Post
Jun 07, 2007 Navy, GSA Say Contract Led to Waste, Maybe Fraud

QUOTE: An effort to buy floating barriers to protect the nation's fleet from attacks several years ago led to millions of dollars in waste and may have involved criminal fraud by a government employee and contractor...

Washington Post
May 24, 2007 Rules Skirted, Millions Wasted on Navy Boat Barriers

QUOTE: auditors concluded that NCIS hired companies that did little or no significant work on the boat barriers yet collected millions of dollars in fees.

Washington Post
May 24, 2007 GSA Chief Violated Hatch Act, Special Counsel's Report Alleges

QUOTE: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has found that General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan violated the federal Hatch Act when she allegedly asked GSA political appointees during a January briefing how they could "help our candidates" win the next election...

Washington Post
May 23, 2007 Changes Spurred Buying, Abuses: Taxpayers Overcharged Millions in Sun Deal, Auditor Says

QUOTE: [Renewing the contract with Sun Microsystems] meant the government's leading contracting agency would be able to continue collecting millions of dollars in what are called industrial funding fees from Sun under rules that permit the GSA to take a percentage of every sale made to the government. It also meant that taxpayers would pay millions more than necessary, according to congressional investigators.

Washington Post
Apr 12, 2007 Grading The Government

QUOTE: But the overall low grades reflect a persistent government laxity on security, privacy and citizens' personal information. The U.S. Commerce Department reported 1,138 missing laptops in September. Its grade dropped from a D+ to an F this year.

Forbes
Mar 30, 2007 Panel Asks Rove for Information on '08 Election Presentation

QUOTE: Jennings's 28-page presentation included 2006 election results and listed the names of Democratic candidates considered beatable and Republican lawmakers thought to need help. At a hearing Wednesday about the GSA, Waxman said the presentation and follow-up remarks allegedly made by agency chief Lurita Alexis Doan may have violated the Hatch Act, a law that restricts federal agencies and employees from using their positions for political purposes.

Washington Post
Dec 25, 2006 Interior, Pentagon Faulted In Audits: Effort to Speed Defense Contracts Wasted Millions

QUOTE: The Defense Department paid two procurement operations at the Department of the Interior to arrange for Pentagon purchases totaling $1.7 billion that resulted in excessive fees and tens of millions of dollars in waste...."routinely violated rules designed to protect U.S. Government interests,"...

Washington Post
Dec 02, 2006 GSA Chief Seeks to Cut Budget For Audits: Contract Oversight Would Be Reduced

QUOTE: The new chief of the U.S. General Services Administration is trying to limit the ability of the agency's inspector general to audit contracts for fraud or waste and has said oversight efforts are intimidating the workforce...

Washington Post

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